The scientific committee is putting together an exciting program of scientific and professional presentations to engage delegates via the inclusion of relevant keynote addresses by experts in the local and international arena, along with workshops, papers and posters from a wealth of local talent.

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Invited Speakers
Workshop Speakers


International Keynote Speakers

Professor Steven Blair P.E.D.

Steven N. Blair is Professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics  at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.  Dr. Blair is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and American Kinesiology Academy; and was elected to membership in the American Epidemiological Society. 

Dr. Blair is a past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and the American Kinesiology Academy.  Dr. Blair is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees--Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; Doctor of Health Science degree from Lander University, U.S.; and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University of Bristol, UK.   He has received awards from many professional associations, including a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, ACSM Honor Award, Population Science Award from the American Heart Association, and is one of the few individuals outside the U.S. Public Health Service to be awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion.  He has delivered lectures to medical, scientific, and lay groups in 48 states and 50 countries.  His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease.  He has published more than 650 papers and chapters in the scientific literature, and is one of the most highly cited exercise scientists with over 44,000 citations to his body of work, and an h-Index of 98.  He was the Senior Scientific Editor for the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health. 

Paula Richley Geigle PT

Paula’s practice experience includes lifespan treatment, physical therapy education, and clinical research. Her professional preparation includes: BS from Penn State University, physical therapy training from Hahnemann Medical School, MS and PhD from University of Delaware, and NCCAM postdoctoral training in clinical biostatistics/epidemiology at The University of Pennsylvania. Aquatic Physical Therapy Section roles (American Physical Therapy Association) included: president, secretary, bylaws chair, first recipient of the Section's Swim Ex Clinical Research Grant for her study: Aquatic Exercise in Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Management, and chair of clinical practice guidelines committee for aquatic therapy and hip osteoarthritis. Recently she was co-PI on a 1.4 million dollar, Department of Defense award for a RCT investigating Aquatic and Lokomat exercise outcomes (metabolic, cardiovascular, mobility) for individuals with chronic spinal cord injury; and currently three studies are underway: Functional Range of Motion Norms for Individuals with Tetraplegia, Empowering Transition to Client Managed Care after Spinal Cord Injury (and Traumatic Brain Injury), and Aquatic Exercise and Dietary Guidance for individuals with chronic motor incomplete spinal cord injury. In addition to peer reviewed articles, Dr. Geigle co-authored the text book Aquatic Exercise: Rehabilitation and Training.

Dr. Jean Hay-Smith

Jean Hay-Smith PhD MSc DipPhys MPNZ is an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation, and in Women's Health, at the University of Otago. In her current research, Jean combines one of her particular rehabilitation interests (exercise adherence in chronic conditions) with her women’s health interests in the OPAL trial (see Optimising Pelvic floor exercises to Achieve Long-term benefits (OPAL) trial, This pragmatic randomised trial investigates the effectiveness of biofeedback as an ‘intensifier’ of pelvic floor muscle training for women with stress urinary incontinence. Jean’s primary role in the research team is the theoretical and evidential development of the intervention. An evidence based exercise intervention is being delivered using a range of behaviour change strategies in an effort to enhance exercise adherence (both adoption and maintenance). Jean trained as a physiotherapist, specialising in women's health, and her master’s and PhD thesis were both on women’s health topics (postnatal superficial dyspareunia, and the effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for stress urinary incontinence in women respectively). Jean is a foundation editor (and reviewer) for the Cochrane Incontinence Review Group. She has published approximately 70 papers in international peer reviewed literature and is the principal or named investigator on nearly 30 research grants.

Dr. Susan Hunter

Dr. Susan Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She is a Physical Therapist and has a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, both from the University of Western Ontario. Her primary areas of clinical expertise as a Physical Therapist are older adult health and orthopaedics. Dr. Hunter’s research interests are the rehabilitative treatment of older adult clients and their experience of falls, frailty and functional decline. She has a particular interest in rehabilitation and falls prevention for the cognitively-impaired older adult. Her research has been supported by the CIHR Institute of Aging, Alzheimer Society of Canada and Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada. She received the CIHR Institute of Aging AgePlus Prize, Ontario Research Coalition Early Researcher Award and the Cowdry Prize from the Canadian Geriatrics Society.

Professor David Levine, PT, PhD, DPT, Diplomate ABPTS, CCRP, Cert. DN

Dr. Levine is a Professor and the Walter M. Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is an adjunct professor at the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, he is board certified as a specialist in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is also certified in dry needling. Dr. Levine has been working and conducting research in animal physical rehabilitation since 1993 and is co-director of the University of Tennessee certificate program in canine rehabilitation. He is a co-editor of multiple books including “Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy”, “Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats”, and Gait Analysis: An Introduction. He continues to practice in canine rehabilitation and human physical therapy in addition to his University position. He has presented at over 100 conferences, and has lectured in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Levine has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals with over 75 publications and $800,000 in grants. His latest research focuses on bacterial contamination in medical equipment, animal assisted therapy, and laser to improve muscle endurance.

Jennie Longbottom, MSc MMEd BSc FCSP

Jennie, the Founder of Acupuncture Learning and Integrated Education Development (ALIED), qualified from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and is an established chartered physiotherapist with some 40 years’ experience in both the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice. Jennie gained a BSc in Psychology in 1997, an MSc in Acupuncture in 2003, and she was made a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy [FCSP] in 2009. She was chair of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists [AACP] from 2004 to 2009. Jennie is committed to the use of acupuncture in physiotherapy and the educational development within ALIED in order to maintain high standards for the benefit of the physiotherapy profession. She is actively involved in acupuncture research into chronic pain management and currently divides her time between this, post graduate teaching for health care professionals and developing a local acupuncture service in oncology and palliative care. Jennie wrote her book Acupuncture in Manual Therapy in 2010.

Dr Peter Morris

Dr. Peter Morris has recently joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky as Chief for the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. From an early interest in patient recovery following a critical illness grew a series of observational, quality improvement and randomized, controlled trials conducted by Dr. Morris and colleagues, to study early intensive care unit delivery of physiotherapy. Funding sources for early ICU physiotherapy study have been the US National Institute of Nursing Research, the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute as well as the US Department of Defense, and the Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers (OAICS). Dr. Morris remains active in early ICU physiotherapy research and supports the link between early assessment and exercise treatments for improved long term outcomes of survivors of critical illness.

Assoc Professor Jo Nijs

Jo Nijs holds a PhD in rehabilitation science and physiotherapy. He is associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) and physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels. His research and clinical interests are patients with chronic unexplained pain / fatigue and pain-movement interactions. He has (co-)authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, obtained over €3.5 million of grant income, supervised 6 PhD projects to completion and served more than 130 times as an invited speaker at national and international meetings. His work has been cited >1400 times (ISI Web of Knowledge). website, twitter @PaininMotion


Professor May Arna Risberg

May Arna Risberg is a professor in Sport Physical Therapy at the Norwegian School Sport Sciences (50%) and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Oslo University Hospital (50%). She is the chair of the Norwegian Research Center for Active Rehabilitation (NAR) which is a formal collaboration between Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Oslo University Hospital, and Department of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School Sport Sciences and the Sport Medicine Clinic, Nimi. She has an extensive international collaboration and holds an Adjunct Clinical Professor position at the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Delaware, USA. She has for the last 10 years a formal collaboration with the University of Delaware (Professor Lynn Snyder-Mackler) with a National Institutes of Health grant (NIH). Furthermore, a formal collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark (Professor Ewa Roos) as well as an international grant with Professor Kay Crossley and Dr Joanne Kemp (Australia). Her main research area is active rehabilitation within knee injuries, and knee and hip osteoarthritis. She is also the co-chair of the Osteoarhritis Research Group, Oslo Universuity Hospital funded from the South Eastern Norway Health Authority. She has been the main supervisor of 9 PhD students who have defended their thesis, 3 postdocs, and is currently the main supervisor of 3 PhD students, and has published more than 90 original research articles, systematic reviews, and book chapters.

Professor Lynn Rochester

Lynn Rochester is Professor of Human Movement Science and a member of the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. She graduated as a physiotherapist specialising in neuro-rehabilitation and completed a PhD in 1992 in neuroscience. She joined Newcastle University in 2008 to set up a research programme focussed on age related gait and mobility disorders and leads a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, clinical scientists and clinical engineers. She is based in the Clinical Ageing Research Unit, a translational clinical research platform, where she is Deputy Director. Her main research interests are in neurodegenerative disease focused on the motor and non-motor mechanisms of gait and falls, surrogate markers of disease and disease progression, development and evaluation of novel interventions, and technological applications in healthcare. She serves on various National and International committees and takes a key role in professional leadership within the university developing clinical academic careers for healthcare professionals. She also leads an academic physiotherapy team which is integrated into the Regional Movement Disorders Service.